(PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED)
This is a unique opportunity offered to female student-athletes in high school and post-secondary education to learn from the experiences of accomplished women in their various fields. Our dynamic guest speakers – who are leaders and key contributors within their community – will have time to engage the audience with their story and share advice from their sport experience.
Our talks always have an interactive component and we invite athletes to ask questions at the end. Past presentation topics have included diversity and inclusion in sport, mental health, dealing with injury, defining your journey, habits for success, and much more.
Students will have an opportunity to network with guest speakers during the event.
Parents, guardians and community members are welcome to attend the event, but are asked to sit in a separate section. Front seats will be reserved for female student-athletes.
This will be our 6th annual In the Huddle and the talks will continue to be interactive. We will continue to foster a safe and inclusive space for all participants. If we can provide any accommodations for the presentations, please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to check out last year’s In the Huddle event!
Playing Out of Bounds: Careers in and around basketball
Micaella brings playing experience at the provincial and national level, as well as in the NCAA at the University of Minnesota where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. She went on to Kansas State University to complete her Master’s while coaching and assisting in recruiting operations with the Wildcats. Since then, she played professionally overseas and has worked as a National Scout identifying elite talent across Canada. She is currently Director of Basketball Operations at Lay-Up Youth Basketball.
We all have a story: The importance of sharing our sporting stories
Alix Krahn is a PhD and sport coach who is passionate about advancing women and girls in sport. She developed a love for team sport early on in life participating in soccer, basketball, and volleyball and, was fortunate enough to play volleyball at the post-secondary level where she studied Kinesiology. After her athletic career, Alix began coaching and pursued a master’s degree centered on exploring the power dynamics within the coach-athlete relationship and the importance of this relationship to the sporting experience. Her master’s awoke within her curiosity and desire to grapple with issues of identity, sport coaching, and the university sport environment. So, she completed a doctorate that examined the work and professionalization of university sport coaches with an emphasis on the gendered division of labour within athletic departments. Alix is currently an assistant coach with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues program, and she is working as a post-doctoral fellow at York University. Most recently, she was a head coach at the 2022 Canada Summer Games for Team Manitoba, where her team captured a gold in women’s volleyball. At the heart of her work, is a commitment to creating a sport community where everyone is empowered to become the best version of themselves.
Lessons from sports: Playing your way out of your comfort zone and all through life!
Courtney McLeod is an award-winning speaker, certified Life & Leadership coach (CPCC), and a Playspert. Her specialty is helping people achieve things they never thought possible through mindset work and leveraging the power of fun & play. She is also an event and corporate training specialist and has worked with companies such as: P&G, Maple Leaf Foods, Staples, etc., creating and delivering interactive programs and workshops.
Courtney has played sports her whole life (basketball, volleyball, badminton, softball, etc.) and she founded the Kick-Ass Ladies group to bring women together play, raise each other up, have crazy fun adventures doing things like movie stunt school and spraying each other with champagne like a professional sports team!